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Lightning, rain fail to deter resolute Hong Kong protesters


HONG KONG - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the rain-soaked streets of Hong Kong early on Wednesday, ratcheting up pressure on the pro-Beijing government that has called the action illegal and vowed to press ahead with National Day celebrations. | Video

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Kurds seize Iraq/Syria border post; Sunni tribe joins fight against Islamic State


ARBIL Iraq/MURSITPINAR Turkey - Iraqi Kurdish troops drove Islamic State fighters from a strategic border crossing with Syria on Tuesday and won the support of members of a major Sunni tribe, in one of the biggest successes since U.S. forces began bombing the Islamists. | Video

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U.S. consumer confidence, home prices show weakness


NEW YORK - U.S. consumer confidence fell in September for the first time in five months and home prices in July rose less than expected from a year earlier, underscoring the unsteady nature of U.S. growth.

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At least 25 killed in attacks in Shi'ite parts of Baghdad: police, medics

BAGHDAD - At least 25 people were killed in car bomb and mortar attacks in mainly Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad on Tuesday, Iraqi police and medical sources said.

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EBay follows Icahn's advice, plans PayPal spinoff in 2015


- EBay Inc plans to spin off its PayPal unit next year, bowing to activist investor Carl Icahn's argument that the move would free the fast-growing payments business to compete more fiercely in the competitive mobile payments market. | Video

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Argentina defies U.S. court order by depositing debt payment


BUENOS AIRES - Argentina deposited a $161 million bond interest payment with a newly appointed local trustee on Tuesday, the Economy Ministry said, defying a U.S. judge who held it in contempt a day earlier for taking illegal steps to meet its debt obligations. | Video

U.S. signs pact to keep troops in Afghanistan past 2014


KABUL - Officials from Afghanistan and the United States on Tuesday signed a long-delayed security agreement to allow American troops to stay in the country after the end of the year, filling a campaign promise by new President Ashraf Ghani.

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EU says Ireland swapped Apple tax deal for jobs


BRUSSELS/LONDON - The European Union has accused Ireland of swerving international tax rules by letting Apple shelter profits worth tens of billions of dollars from revenue collectors in return for maintaining jobs. | Video

Tech, Ireland, Media 1:50pm EDT

Special Report: Islamic State uses grain to tighten grip in Iraq


SHEKHAN Iraq - For Salah Paulis, it came down to a choice between his faith and his crop.

Ukraine prosecutor opens criminal case against Russian officials


KIEV - Ukrainian state prosecutors said on Tuesday they had opened a criminal investigation against a Russian law enforcement agency, accusing it of supporting separatist and "terrorist" groups in the east of the country.

World, Russia 11:58am EDT

Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.